Six-Month Investigation Nets Seven Arrests in Lehigh County Drug Trafficking Operation

April 6, 2023 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Michelle Henry today announced charges against seven individuals as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in Lehigh County. A six-month investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation revealed a conspiracy among the defendants to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Ismael Morales, Jessica Morales, Mario Morales, Salvatore Rispoli, Felix Torres,

Paul Blackwood and Achim Smith are each charged with Corrupt Organizations, Possession with Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy, Dealing in Unlawful Proceeds, and related offenses.

“Thanks to strong collaboration with our law enforcement partners, we have removed dangerous drug dealers — and the poisons they were peddling —from the streets of Pennsylvania,” said Attorney General Henry. “The deliberate actions of these defendants to deal methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl destroyed lives for the sake of their own greed. These arrests should serve as reminders to predatory dealers: we will investigate and prosecute drug traffickers in any and all communities.”

While executing search warrants, agents from the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation seized 94 grams of fentanyl and 10 fentanyl pills with a street value of approximately $19,000; over 7,000 grams of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $726,000; 1,000 grams of cocaine with a street value of $100,000; and nearly 2,000 grams of marijuana with a street value of approximately $22,000. Agents also recovered $65,000 in cash and 3 firearms.

These cases are being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christie Bonesch. All charges are accusations. The defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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